09 Feb - 
UFC 234: Vannata vs. Rosa elevated to co-main event

With Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum off, changes had to be made to the UFC 234 main card.

The big news concerning UFC 234 is that middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is out of his main event title defense vs. Kelvin Gastelum, as he’s set to undergo surgery on a hernia that will keep him from fighting on Saturday night’s card. As a result, the UFC 234 main event is now Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva, which was originally scheduled to be the co-main. It will remain three rounds due to the short notice nature of this decision.

In an unexpected move, the UFC has bumped Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa, slated for the Fight Pass prelims, all the way to the co-main slot. Vannata is a fan favorite, but he’s only won one of his six UFC fights. Rosa is making his UFC debut.

Here’s the new bout order for UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia:

Main Card (10 PM ET, PPV)

Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva

Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa

Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon

Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem

Jim Crute vs. Sam Alvey

Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, ESPN)

Devonte Smith vs. Dong Hyun Ma

Shane Young vs. Austin Arnett

Kai-Kara France vs. Raulian Paiva

Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET, UFC Fight Pass)

Jalin Turner vs. Callan Potter

Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez